It being the end of August and all, I thought about doing a little inventory of what money I’ve actually spent on MMOs this year. I think I’m actually up over last year, because I know that I didn’t spend very much in online games at all. Most of my gaming purchases still are for new GOG or Steam titles that I want to play on the side, but very few of these are MMOs. So what have I been dropping my allowance on? Let’s tally it up.
World of Warcraft: $25
As far as I can recall, the only thing that I’ve spent money on in this game this year was a single race change, to transform my human Warlock into a gnome. I’ve been coasting on WoW tokens for my subscription, but now that the market has shot way, way up, I’ll probably have to spend real money after this month to play. If I do.
Elder Scrolls Online: $40
This would be for the Morrowind expansion, which I enjoyed all of about five days. As with all ESO purchases to date, I suffer from the buyer’s remorse.
Final Fantasy XIV: $9
This would be for a single month of subscription when I came back to see if I was on board with the whole new expansion train. I was not. I do appreciate how cheap the monthly sub is for this game versus other titles, however. I don’t feel as pressured that I HAVE to be playing because of it.
Guild Wars 2: $70
This is a rough estimate of some gem purchases plus picking up the Heart of Thorns expansion at a discount. I was having a lot of fun for a while there and didn’t regret what I purchased with the gems, although the expansion is still sitting around unused.
Lord of the Rings Online: $47
Mordor expansion ($40) plus one small bundle of currency so that I could get a milestone reduction skill for my new Hunter while I was low on points.
This is a charitable guess. I’m reasonably sure I bought a pack of credits so that I could redo the look on one of my characters, but it was much earlier this year and I have a hard enough time remembering what happened last week.
That seems like a pretty large lump sum of money to me, although it was spread over nine months. As I said, this is more than I’d usually be spending, considering that $180 would cover a year’s subscription in WoW. I don’t regret the LOTRO purchases in particular, but the other ones were much more trivial than useful.
How much have you spent this year in MMOs and on what?